tv First Look MSNBC April 5, 2011 5:00am-5:30am EDT
you know what? everybody else in the country will be reading that election's tea leaves too. there may not be any republicans running for president yet but election season is starting up. yee-haw. down to the wire. without a budget deal in place today, time is almost out to avoid a government shutdown. last resort, japan begins dumping millions of gallons of contaminated water from its damaged nuclear plant into the pacific ocean. and top dogs, the uconn huskies dominate the butler bulldogs to win the ncaa championship. good morning. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc.
today we begin with breaking the deadlock. president obama will meet with top congressional leaders at the white house today to try and help broker a deal to balance the nation's budget and prevent a government shutdown. for more now, we go to nbc's tracie potts in washington. good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. the reason they're meeting today is because in addition to the shutdown on friday, there's a deadline tonight to get something in writing so they can vote on friday. at this point, it appears to be a stalemate here between democrats and republicans. the $33 billion compromise that had been floated around, republicans say they're not necessarily behind that. house speaker suggesting it's almost half of what republicans wanted and not nearly enough to cut the budget. democrats, on the other hand, are concerned that any deeper
cuts could affect college loans, children's health, and house senate majority leader harry reid says that the other side, in his words, is not being reasonable, referring specifically to the tea party who want even deeper cuts. as you mentioned today, president obama brings both sides together at the white house. a spokesman says this will not be a line item discussion, but more about leadership, moving forward, getting this done. they're hopeful that there will be significant progress. if not, republicans already have an extension in the works. lynn. >> tracie potts for us in washington. thank you. well, the federal aviation administration is ordering all airlines to inspect older boeing 737s similar to the southwest plane that ripped open in mid flight last week. jets covered under the emergency order include those with more than 30,000 takeoffs and landings, 9,000 less than the one that developed a hole on friday, forcing its crew to make an emergency landing in arizona.
about 80 such planes are registered in the u.s. southwest owning most of them. that means virtually all of the effected aircraft have already been checked since southwest canceled nearly 700 flights nationwide to complete inspections. in japan, millions of gallons of contaminated water from the country's damaged nuclear plant are now being pumped directly into the pacific ocean. the step is being taken to make room in storage space for water that's even more highly radioactive. although the water that's being funneled into the sea is up to 500 times the legal limit for radiation, its radioactivity is quickly diluted in the ocean and government officials claim it should not affect the safety of seafood in the area. meanwhile, the japanese government is asking russia for a ship used to dispose of liquid nuclear waste. last night, college basketball's annual championship tournament commonly known as
march madness finally came to a close with connecticut's huskies finishing on top. and what turned out to be a game to forget for butler. nbc's fred roggin has more. >> good morning. butler went historically cold and uconn rode the hot handed freshman to the second half. lamb scored every one of his 12 in the second half. huskies up by as many as 14. the unfortunate story, the anemic shooting of butler, they couldn't buy a bucket. lowest field goal percentage in a title game. uconn won the national title, 53-41. we'll have much more plus postgame reaction coming up later in sports. for now, back to you. let's take a look at some of the other stories making news early today in america. in tennessee, a storm system reeked havoc on the city. a storm lashed through memphis with high winds and pounding rain. reports of uprooted trees, wind damage and power outages
surfaced throughout the city. officials will assess the damage in the coming days. weather pummeled parts of iowa. golf-ball-sized hail made some areas look like a driving range. some of the homeowners are reporting structural damage following a barrage of calls to insurance company. finally, in wisconsin, the sausage mascots for the milwaukee brewers took part in the ninth annual opening day brat relay race. the five sausages, bratwurst, polish and italian sausage usually race inside the ballpark, but for opening day, the group raced through the city to the ballpark to mark the beginning of baseball season. now for a look at your national and regional weather, here is nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. left your hot dog suit at home, i see.
>> yeah. it's a tradition. lynn, yesterday huge severe weather outbreak. it continues this morning. we have a threat of tornadoes and damaging winds right through the morning rush hour. these are all severe weather reports. we thought it would be bad. it turned out worse than expected. alls the he's are these areas h do. wind damage over 600 reports and there's not a state from texas to the carolinas that has been left out. and tornado watches continue for areas from jacksonville, florida up through savannah, charleston and all of eastern north carolina in the eastern portions of south carolina. looks like we have a new tornado warning that was just issued, that little red triangle there just outside of charleston about to cross into areas of i-95. these are fast moving storms. if you're in the i-95 corridor in the southeast, stay where you
are and the storms will blow on through and then gone for the day. washington, d.c., you just had a strong line of storms roll through your area. now they're centered right over the top of annapolis and baltimore, just passing through. now heading over the chesapeake bay. so baltimore to wilmington, strong storms will roll through in the next half hour. if you have to drive to work, maybe leave now before it can get there or they're moving so fast if you just wait 15 minutes, they'll be gone. eventually those storms will roll through philadelphia, too, %
welcome back. i'm lynn berry. here are some of your top headlines this morning. libyan evacuees say pro gadhafi forces are staging a massacre in the siege city of misrata with the army using tanks and snipers against residents. that comes as a government spokesman says the regime is ready to discuss political reform. however, he insists colonel gadhafi, who waved to supporters outside his tripoli compound last night, has to stay. in a major policy reversal, the obama administration now says it will prosecute alleged 9/11 mastermind khalid sheikh mohammed and four others before
a military commission at guantanamo bay and not a civilian court. mexican officials say two men identified as american citizens were shot to death in their vehicle as they waited at a tijuana border crossing. a gunman approached a line of waiting cars and fired into the victims' pickup truck as they waited to enter the united states. and an american astronaut and two russian cosmonauts blasted off this morning in a spacecraft named after the first man in space. today's mission comes just one week shy of the 50th anniversary of yuri gagarin's historic flight. it is one of the few heart warming stories in japan. a dog was rescued last week after manage to go survive floating on debris in the ocean for three weeks. yesterday the dog and its owner were reunited.
itn reports. >> reporter: for nearly a month, this 2-year-old has been on her own and without her owner. this was the heartwarming moment, the pair met again. in a tokyo car park, they were reunited, having been separated as so many were by the events of march the 11th. the dog had survived by pacing for up to three weeks on a roof and on debris a mile out to sea. her rescuers had been looking for bodies. instead they found a symbol of hope. the owner watching on television immediately spotted her. the result? those sad eyes of friday gone. replaced by joyful barks and playful bites. one tale of the tsunami that at least has a happy ending.
rich p after the olo. >> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,400 after adding 23 points on monday. both the s&p and the nasdaq closed flat. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei fell 103 points, but in hong kong, the hang seng gained 348. wall street slipped into so-called wait and see mode yesterday before earnings season starts next week. oil prices climbed to a 30-month high of $108 a barrel which has some in a holding pattern, waiting to see just how hard corporate profits are hit by the rising price of gas. for now, fed chairman ben bernanke discussed the recent rise in inflation will be short lived. news that ship sales slipped in february pulled powerhouses nvidia lower. texas instruments has agreed to pay $6.5 billion for its former
foe, national semi conductor. in other deal news, pfizer shares got a boost on its plan to sell its capsule gel unit for $2.4 billion in cash. southwest airlines dipped 2% in the wake of its recent safety scare. however, the carrier faired well in industry rankings, coming in fifth in overall quality. ford got an analyst upgrade which helped its shares climb 2%. mcdonald's plans to add 50,000 workers as part of its first national hiring day on april 19th. keep an eye on apple. the nasdaq plans to announce a rare rebalancing today which will drastically reduce apple's current weight in the index from 20% down to 12%. finally, it seems online reputation managers are the new must-have accessories among the tech savvy set. they keep tabs on your virtual image by burying unfavorable search results or magically
making embarrassing pictures disappear. in health news, salmonella outbreaks may be resistant to many drugs used to fight serious infection. at least a dozen people in ten states have been sickened by the jennie-o tk turkey burgers. for more information on this and other health stories, check out the health page on msnbc.com. coming up, the butler bulldogs had a great run, but last night, cinderella was sent packing. your first look at sports is straight ahead. you're watching "first look" on msnbc. it bringsings your bestbs
welcome back for "first look". in sports, last night's ncaa championship game was hardly a classic, but the huskies of connecticut aren't complaining. once again, here's nbc's fred row roggin. good morning. truth be told, it wasn't pretty. then again, it didn't have to be. the uconn huskies took advantage of a butler poor shooting night to win the ncaa championship. walker gave uconn the early lead with the lay-up and the foul and the huskies were up by five. butler hung around and were actually up at the half. bulldogs entered the locker room with the lead. but everything changed after the break.
alley-oop gave the huskies a nine-point lead. butler couldn't get anything going on the other end. they were supposed to be the more experienced team, but in the biggest game of the year, they simply tanked. 12 for 64. that's a new record for a championship game. uconn's defense didn't help the cause. they stepped up down the stretch. lamb with the steal and the dunk. uconn pulled away to win a third championship and first since 2004, 53-41. >> this has taken me on one of the great special journeys better than anything i could possibly imagine. and when i needed maybe a little more of what i do, as a teacher/coach for 39 years, they gave me it ten-fold. >> big east tournament, came out strong, we got a lot of
confidence from that tournament and we felt like it was right. we didn't stop. that's why we're national champions. we're the best team in the country. that's your first look at sports. and now for another quick look at the weather, here's bill karins. did you have uconn to win it? >> i did not. i don't think many people did. >> no but i mean yesterday. >> no, i was rooting for butler actually. rooting for the underdog. >> it goes that way. >> it does. if you're watching us how, you probably didn't stay up with it it was you goly. we had a line of strong storms rolling hugh d.c. they're now over the heart of the chesapeake sweeping into the border, maryland and delaware. if you're anywhere eastern portions of the chesapeake, you'll get hit by these storms shortly. wilmington, delaware, they're about to roll your way.
severe thunderstorm watch issued for philadelphia up to new york city. all of new jersey and eastern pennsylvania. those storms will roll through philadelphia about an hour from now, probably new york city right during the heart of the morning rush hour. so not the best of timing. you notice you're dry from boston to hartford, those line of storms will roll through all of new england as we go throughout the day. it's a warm morning. 63 in new york and 67 at this hour in philadelphia. that's why these storms have plenty of heat to work with and that's why they're so strong early in the morning. temperatures will fall did during the day, so bring the umbrella. you probably even want the heavier coat when you go home. windy with temperatures falling down in to the 50s and in some cases everyone the 4n 40s. and we heard of two fatalities in atlanta, a tree fell on his house and killed a man and his 3-year-old daughter. so more updates throughout the
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microsoft has filed a complaint against google for hurting bing's ability to compete. bing said if people have any question, just e-mail them at bing at g-mail.com. this is a crazy story. southwest airlines, did you hear about this? they canceled 600 flights because of a hole in the plane's roof. what? you know american airlines wouldn't cancel those flights. they would just charge a $50 sun roof pea. fee. >> tonight jimmy welcomes lorain nicholson and musical guest wire. time for your first look at entertainment news. as we know, hollywood loves blockbuster films, a good scandal and, of course, new couple speculation. blogs are burning up that the new power duo may be justin timberlake and the also recently
single olivia wild. reports say they spent saturday publicly and affectionately at a hollywood hot spot until early in the morning. elsewhere, chris brown has a new defender of his morning tv tantrum. the temper challenged rosie o'donnell. she told her radio audience racism played a role. the trauma of james franco's poorly reviewed oscar hosting has claimed another victim, his twitter account. despite avidly tweeting before the awards, franco now declared social media so yesterday. last week, miley cyrus slammed internet sensation rebecca black saying, quote, you shouldn't just be able to put a song on youtube and go out on tour. despite saying it on a radio show, cyrus now claims she was misquoted and loves rebecca black.
now bill whether sink are will sing the song friday. >> i haven't heard it yet. >> you haven't heard that song? >> no i haven't. >> lucky for you because it won't get out of your stay tuned because way too ea"w early with willie geist" starts right now. uconn wins one of the ugliest championship games in the history of college basketball. the question is, can we get vcu another shot at this thing? back in the real word, the obama administration taking heat from the left after eric holder announces that 9/11 mastermind khalid shaikh mohammed and other alleged terrorists will be tried not in federal courts but in military tribunals at guantanamo bay. the question is after nearly ten years now,